LIMA — With Christmas this week, Stacy and her partner, Bill, are doing what they can to make the holiday brighter for their two children Levi, 9, and Ronald, 7. Names have been changed for this story.
Neither is working now thanks to a recent incident.
“My significant other, the kid’s dad, just had hip surgery,” Stacy said.
He was the victim of an assault, she said. She explained they had been having problems with the neighbor kids throwing rocks at their house and breaking their windows. Bill confronted them, and as he was going back into the house a teen grabbed him from behind and threw him off the steps.
“He ended up breaking his femur almost up to the hip and had to have emergency surgery that night at St. Rita’s. He’s got a rod in it. He’s not working,” Stacy said. “I’m a stay at home mom with my kids. My one son, the youngest (Ronald) is on SSI because he has ADHD real bad. They’re doing a lot of testing to see if he hits the autism spectrum disorder. (We’re having) a lot of behavioral problems. My other son (Levi) has ADHD and the defiant disorder and we’re working on him with medicine and everything. We just can’t get ahead. It’s one thing after the next.”
They had car problems and eventually had to have it towed to the junkyard. Their dryer also isn’t working too well.
“It still takes three or four rounds to get the clothes dry,” Stacy said.
She’s hoping the Salvation Army’s Adopt a Stocking program will help them have a better Christmas for their children.
“They like anything electronic, like games, computer games or anything. They need clothes, Ronald takes a 7/8 in pants and a 10/12 in shirts. They always need socks and underwear, probably a 10/12 underwear for him. Ronald loves trucks. He loves basketball. He is crazy about the Incredible Hulk. Levi needs sweatpants. He doesn’t like the buttoned-up ones because of his sensory disorder. He takes about a 14/16 and he needs shirts desperately size 14/16 and underwear, probably a 14/16. Levi is into anything arts and crafts and computer games and Nerf guns and anything technical wise,” Stacy said.
Stacy is thankful for the Salvation Army Adopt a Stocking program.
“Without them a lot of people, their kids, wouldn’t get anything. It’s not necessarily about us. It’s about the kids. There’s so many people that find that they have problems and run into brick walls through no fault of their own. Sometimes you just need some help,” Stacy said.
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